Football


SPORTS 11/18/15 2:33pm

Football attempts to move on to ‘new normalcy’

The Elon University football team returned to campus late Saturday night after defeating the University of Maine 27-22 earlier in the day. The conclusion to a week of unimaginable tragedy — the death of junior wide receiver Demitri Allison — had ended in triumph. But for head coach Rich Skrosky, recalling the week that was has left some words lingering in his mind. “One of the coaches — and so many coaches reached out — not to say anyone specific, but a name most people would know, his words were, ‘This week will be harder than last,’” Skrosky said, then paused, letting the words hang in the air. The team’s chaplain, Pastor Bob Disher of St.


SPORTS 11/14/15 5:21pm

Football pulls out emotional win at Maine

Surely playing with heavy hearts, the Elon University football team held on for a 27-22 victory over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent University of Maine Saturday afternoon. In the first game after the death of junior wide receiver Demitri Allison, the Phoenix bursted out to a 17-0 lead in the first half, and was able to respond when the Black Bears stormed back in the fourth quarter.


SPORTS 11/13/15 12:20pm

Football's 2016 CAA schedule released

The 2016 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) football schedule has been released online, revealing the Elon University football team’s eight conference games. The University of Delaware sent out a release late Thursday night stating that the CAA announced the league schedule for 2016, which was posted in a grid linked to the website. The Phoenix will open CAA play Week 4 by traveling to the College of William & Mary Sept. 24.


SPORTS 11/12/15 10:49pm

Stadium becomes shelter as community celebrates Elon junior

No one said anything, because no one knew what to say. No cameras flashed. No cellphones glowed. The only lights were the streetlights and the dozens of candles brought by those in attendance, and of the shooting star one person saw as he arrived. Gathered in remembrance of junior Demitri Allison, a wide receiver on the Elon University football team, hundreds stood in silence.


SPORTS 11/12/15 1:18pm

Mother remembers Elon junior's kindness

The mother of Demitri Allison remembered her son as a “kind and gentle, thoughtful person who was so humble,” speaking the day after he fell to his death from a 10-story building. Allison, 21, was an Elon University junior who died Wednesday afternoon after falling at a residence hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Cornelius, N.C., Allison was a wide receiver on Elon’s football team. Dave and Lisa Hartman took in Allison eight years ago when “he was going through a rough time,” and he became a part of their family, Lisa Hartman told Elon Local News and The Pendulum in a phone interview Thursday. “We were really proud of Demitri,” Lisa Hartman said.


SPORTS 11/11/15 8:00pm

Elon junior dead after fall at UNC Chapel Hill

An Elon University student died Wednesday after falling from a 10-story building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, according to an email from Smith Jackson, vice president for student life. Demitri Allison, 21 and a native of Cornelius, N.C., was a junior management major and wide receiver on the Elon football team. There will be a gathering of friends at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Rhodes Stadium open to all.


SPORTS 11/7/15 5:55pm

Football falls behind quickly in 34-13 loss to William & Mary

The Elon University football team gave itself a deficit it could not overcome, falling to No. 12 College of William and Mary 34-13 Saturday in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action. “I didn’t think our energy was quite what it needed to be from the start,” head coach Rich Skrosky said.


SPORTS 10/22/15 2:00pm

Football grinding to get ground game going

Heading into last Saturday’s matchup against Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent James Madison University, the Elon University football team had picked up just 454 yards on the ground on 183 rushing attempts, good for a measly 2.5 yards per carry. With a rushing offense ranked 119 of 123 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams, head coach Rich Skrosky said to this week that getting the ground game going was a top priority for the team going forward. Even after the Dukes ran over Elon to the tune of a 51-0 shellacking, Skrosky was still able to find some positives to pull from Elon’s ground attack.


SPORTS 10/17/15 9:18pm

Horrific Homecoming: Football shut out by JMU

On a perfect fall Saturday to host Homecoming and play some football, the Elon University football team got destroyed by James Madison University 51-0 in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) contest. “We did not come out and execute,” senior defensive lineman Rob Sullivan said.


SPORTS 10/10/15 10:00pm

Football can't capitalize on chances against Richmond

RICHMOND — The Elon University football team had many chances to score against No. 18 University of Richmond Saturday afternoon. But Elon could not capitalize on the chances it had offensively early, and Richmond overpowered Elon’s defense en route to a 27-14 victory. We built a hole against a very good opponent in Richmond,” head coach Rich Skrosky said.


SPORTS 10/7/15 10:00am

Working hard not to be noticed

The Elon University football team has had struggles on offense this season, as they currently rank 120th out of 123 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams in total offense. The inability to move the ball on offense has given the special teams unit plenty of opportunities.


SPORTS 9/26/15 11:43pm

Defense shines as Elon edges Towson for first CAA victory

ALL CQ ASAs the last 10 seconds ticked off the clock, and chaos devoured the Elon University football team’s 17-13 rainy victory against Towson University, junior linebacker Corey Mitchell couldn’t help himself. “I almost couldn’t move, I was shocked at what was really happening,” Mitchell said.